Burglars targeting funeral-goers in Trumbull


WEST FARMINGTON, Ohio (WKBN) – It appears that some criminals have reached a new low.

While Heather Amato of West Farmington was mourning over the death of her grandmother at her funeral, burglars were busy breaking into Amato’s home.

“You know, you are trying to focus on comforting loved ones and dealing with your grief and the farthest thing from your mind is that someone is going to come when you are gone,” Amato said by telephone on Monday.

She said when she came home, the garage door was wide open, the back door was kicked in and several pieces of computer equipment and her TV were gone.

Local police and funeral home directors said it is a disturbing trend they are seeing more and more.

Mark Hall, co-owner of Carl W. Hall Funeral Home in Warren, said most funeral homes take every precaution when it comes to what they list in an obituary. They leave out specific addresses, making it harder for criminals to find their target.

“If you are attending a funeral or involved with a funeral and you are going to be away from your home, have somebody there watching the house or let neighbors know you are going to be gone,” Hall said.

Amato said she took precautions, but it happened anyway. She thinks the perpetrator knows her family.

“There were two cars in the driveway and I live on a main highway. Somebody knew I was not going to be there,” she said.

But it is not just funerals. Major Tom Stewart with the Trumbull County Sheriff’s Office said several Amish families have been burglarized recently while they were attending Sunday service.

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